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Job Opportunities at AVAC

AVAC seeks talented individuals to join our team of passionate advocates who aim to accelerate ethical research and global delivery of new HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic. All positions are based in New York, NY, unless otherwise indicated. No phone calls, please.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AVAC provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws. People living with and/or representing communities most impacted by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunities:

Communications Director


About AVAC

Founded in 1995, AVAC uses communication, education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive and integrated response to the epidemic. AVAC works across the “research-to-rollout” continuum in solidarity with individuals and groups most impacted by HIV.

AVAC advocates for HIV prevention to end AIDS. With partners worldwide, AVAC pushes for the funding, focus, implementation and research that’s needed to make it happen. We:

  • Accelerate Product Innovation & Availability: AVAC collaborates with partners who work across the HIV prevention spectrum, from research to rollout, to expand the portfolio of prevention options and ensure products are available, accessible and used by those who need them most.
  • Advocate for Access to High-Impact Prevention: AVAC is part of a robust civil society movement helping to shape a new era of global health spending and planning related to HIV prevention.
  • Improve Research Conduct: AVAC advocates for research that is grounded in well-informed, community-centered perspectives. AVAC promotes the adoption of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in research, convenes consultations and workshops, and produces publications, podcasts, webinars, and other research literacy materials. The involvement of key stakeholders throughout the research process is central to all this work.
  • Promote Effective HIV Prevention Policy: Ending the HIV epidemic depends on political will, committed resources and supportive policies at global and national levels. AVAC’s policy work, in partnership with a global network of civil society partners, focuses on the importance of funding and strategic planning for HIV prevention research and the imperative to bring long-term solutions to the people who need them.
  • Track and Translate the Field: Our communications and publications translate complex science into accessible resources. This work is at the core of our mission to advance prevention and end the epidemic. We focus on ensuring people with different kinds of expertise can better understand context, community perspectives, science and policy.
  • Strengthen Global Advocacy Networks: AVAC supports the development and sustainability of advocacy networks focused on accelerating HIV prevention from research to rollout. These networks, mostly centered in Africa, bring vigorous attention to science, policy, funding, community, communications, health services and the regulatory process, charting a path to end the HIV epidemic.

Role Summary

The Communications Director will lead AVAC’s efforts to communicate our mission, activities and priorities; inform global audiences about responses to the increasingly complex and diverse HIV epidemic; and inspire action. Based in our New York office, this newly created position sits on AVAC’s Senior Management Team (SMT) and serves as both head of the Communications team and an organizational spokesperson and leader.

The Communications Director plays a key role in ensuring the organization’s influence and impact are well understood, and managing AVAC’s reputation as a leading global resource for information and perspective on strategies to reduce the global epidemic. The Communications Director oversees a team of communications professionals and reports to the COO.

The Communications Director identifies communications needs; designs, manages and improves communications structures and processes; establishes and implements the organization’s overall strategic communications plan; sets direction for and manages AVAC’s key communications products and channels; collaborates with staff to facilitate their expert input into communications materials; supports both staff and partners to engage in shared communications efforts and campaigns; and ensures that the organization effectively addresses the information needs of our global audiences, including advocates, researchers, funders, policy makers, product developers and the media.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop and oversee implementation of AVAC’s strategic communications plan.
  • Work closely with AVAC’s Executive Director and the SMT to amplify the impact of AVAC programs through communications.
  • Work closely with the Director of Strategy and Content to conceptualize and lead proactive and reactive advocacy communications campaigns.
  • Partner with AVAC staff members to plan, execute, and promote communications initiatives and products.
  • Collaborate with SMT members to anticipate and prepare AVAC communications to respond to the latest developments in the field.
  • Design and manage effective systems for development, approval, and distribution of the organization’s communication products and anticipate and respond to urgent and emerging issues.
  • Maintain a consistent focus on the organization’s voice, visibility and influence.
  • Ensure consistent messaging and quality across AVAC communications products and platforms and meet the needs of priority audiences.
  • Ensure AVAC’s website, social media platforms, design and data visualization techniques are dynamic, current and effective.
  • Oversee media cultivation and strengthen AVAC’s relationships with key global media outlets.
  • Work closely with the Director of Program Coordination to enhance the organization’s conference and presentation strategies.
  • Direct AVAC’s communications team and portfolio of consultants.
  • Partner closely with SMT colleagues to develop systems to support the smooth functioning of internal communications, the sharing of information and perspectives on developments in our programs and the field, and the creation of opportunities for staff to consult on organizational policies, positions and identity.
  • Manage and support initiatives to build staff communications skills including presentation training, science writing, social media and more.
  • Facilitate critical reflection on communications results and sharing of lessons learned with AVAC staff, partners and stakeholders.

Position Qualifications

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • 8-10 years of experience in communications, including in designing and implementing global communications campaigns on public health, scientific research, human rights or related issues; international communications experience and managerial experience.
  • A record of success building new or evolving communications teams and departments to meet the needs of a dynamic and growing organization.
  • Excellent writing, editing, content development and presentation skills.
  • Ability to translate complex scientific information into accessible, actionable messaging and materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to HIV/AIDS, international health and development issues and programming.
  • Demonstrated success navigating fast-paced, rapidly changing environments; experience creating strategies, processes, and infrastructure that can maintain consistency while being innovative and flexible. Able to thrive within a dynamic, fast-moving and highly interactive organization.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for mentorship and staff development; ability to manage up, down and across, and ability to instill colleagues with a sense of shared commitment and purpose.
  • Demonstrated commitment to responsive, accountable leadership and the ability to model and encourage those values organization-wide.
  • Excellent multicultural and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to facilitate relationships; interact effectively with others inside and outside the organization; and engage with staff, collaborators and partners from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Highly organized, responsible, self-starting, independent and able to take initiative.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20 percent of the time.
  • Advanced skills with PowerPoint and data analysis a plus.
  • Master’s degree related to communications, global health and/or advocacy a plus.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.

Salary and Benefits

AVAC offers highly competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes matching contributions to a retirement savings plan, employer-paid medical insurance and paid new parent leave.

How to Apply

AVAC champions the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. Applicants representing communities most impacted by HIV are encouraged to apply, including transgender individuals, people living with HIV, and those from HIV-endemic countries.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.

Please submit cover letter and resume in a single document to careers@avac.org. No phone calls, please.


Senior Program Manager: Policy


About AVAC

Founded in 1995, AVAC uses communication, education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive and integrated response to the epidemic. AVAC works across the “research-to-rollout” continuum in solidarity with individuals and groups most impacted by HIV.

Role Summary

The Senior Program Manager will actively engage and provide leadership on policy advocacy for AVAC, and provide technical, content-focused support to advance AVAC’s overall policy and advocacy programs. This person is responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with external partners and parties, and supporting AVAC’s ongoing data collection and analysis work. This position will benefit from experience with an understanding of global health, US government policies and funding, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and program implementation. This is a full-time staff position, based in New York, NY or Washington, DC. This work includes, but is not limited to:

Essential Functions

Play a central role in the execution of AVAC’s policy, data and analytics programs, including:

  • Managing the development and implementation of AVAC’s strategic policy agenda.
  • Managing, monitoring and cultivating relationships with key policy advocacy groups and coalitions working on HIV/AIDS, global health and SRHR policy; serve as an AVAC representative in meetings on Capitol Hill and before agencies that administer US foreign and domestic HIV policy.
  • Draft white papers, policy and advocacy reports, blogs and other written materials that communicate and advance AVAC’s policy priorities.
  • Monitor and actively represent AVAC on key coalitions and listservs.
  • Collaborate with teams across AVAC to define, develop and advance policy positions and strategies that advance AVAC goals.
  • Support AVAC’s strategic policy advocacy priorities through presentations and public speaking.
  • Contribute to the development of AVAC’s annual work plan and accompanying budget as it relates to policy, data and analytics programs.
  • Management duties may include supervision of consultants and staff members.

Conduct and direct policy analysis and data collection and analytics as it relates to HIV prevention programming and in order to inform and influence program resources, design and results:

  • Manage data collection efforts related to HIV prevention programming in various priority countries.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations on HIV prevention programming for external partners and funders.
  • Provide data analysis to advance AVAC’s advocacy and communications goals.
  • Monitor, analyze and report on recent policy developments related to HIV prevention programming in the US and various priority countries.
  • Support policy and funding advocacy directly or through partners in US, Europe and Africa.

Maintain and enhance AVAC’s data management system for tracking ongoing prevention funding and implementation in African countries:

  • Conduct desk research and communication with implementers, funders, AIDS planning agencies, ministries of health and networks to collect relevant data on African prevention funding and programming.
  • Ensure most recent data on prevention research and implementation is integrated into AVAC publications, websites and initiatives as appropriate.
  • Analyze and collect data related to support for partners around prevention programming.

Oversee data visualization work within AVAC:

  • Assist with slide and poster conceptualization, creation and formatting ahead of conferences, meetings and for dissemination on AVAC website and for external partners and funders.
  • Collect data to develop infographics and map graphics related to AVAC’s work and for AVAC’s website.

And other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Commitment to AVAC’s mission and values.
  • Master’s degree and/or 5-7 years of work experience in public health, public policy, development or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to HIV/AIDS, international health and development issues and programming.
  • Advanced computer skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), creating dynamic and engaging graphics and data visualization, and robust Internet research abilities.
  • Experience with database development and management.
  • Advanced project management skills.
  • Agility and comfort with quantitative analysis.
  • Experience with data visualization and translation of data and information into graphics.
  • Excellent writing, editing and content development skills, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and direct style.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 15-20 percent of the time.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.

Competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent multicultural and interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate relationships and interact effectively with others inside and outside the organization.
  • Highly organized with ability to work under tight deadlines/under pressure.
  • Self-starting, independent and able to take initiative, while working productively in a collaborative, learning environment.

Salary and Benefits

AVAC offers highly competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes matching contributions to a retirement savings plan, employer-paid medical insurance and paid new parent leave.

How to Apply

AVAC champions the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. Applicants representing communities most impacted by HIV are encouraged to apply, including transgender individuals, people living with HIV and those from HIV-endemic countries.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.

Please submit cover letter and resume in a single document to careers@avac.org. No phone calls, please.